Office of the Sarki Matasa Adamawa, Barr. Aliyu Wakili Boy
It is on a very sad note that I wish to make this statement on behalf of my self and the entire Youths of Adamawa State on the Global Concern of Corona Virus (COVID-19).
The world is in a state of siege on account of the Corona Virus. The virus has placed countries on lock down, ushering a period of anxiety, uncertainty, and helplessness for many nations and families. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones to the virus.
As at yesterday, over 15,000 people had lost their lives to the virus. We are directly affected by the impact of the virus on the global economy that is grinding towards a halt. The threats of possible COVID-19 cases in Nigeria presently have risen to over 40 cases now and still looms high. Afterall, our neighbours are all dealing with confirmed cases of the virus, rendering us surrounded and vulnerable to invasion by Corona.
The virus has had a devastating impact on some of the worlds best health care systems. It is in our interest as a country to be on high alert to minimise possibilities of the virus infecting our populace. Should the virus find its way into our borders, it should find a nation ready and united to deny it any opportunity of spreading. As it is done in other countries, leaving a trail of dead bodies and anguish.
As Youth of this Nation, we commit ourselves to play our patriotic role in making sure that Nigeria are ready and united to defeat COVID-19.
To this end, we call on all Nigerian to strictly comply with all the medical advice and interventions that have been proposed by government to prevent possible infection.
Admittedly, some of the interventions amount to a disruption of our long-held traditions as a nation. We however need to comply for our own survival as a nation. The looming crisis does not allow for debate on the efficacy of the proposed interventions, necessitating the response to shift from prevention to containment, this will of necessity be accompanied by more interventions that may limit our constitutional freedoms.
Let us allow those entrusted with the responsibility of directing the national response the space to execute their mandate as advised by the health experts.
We wish to pay tribute to those of our brothers and sisters, whose call of duty has unexpectantly placed them in the frontline of the war against the virus. We are all alive to the shortage of resources that they require to fully execute their mandate. The men and women at all points of entry and health facilities are our source of pride and hope that the enemy can be kept at bay and will not taste victory within our borders.
We call on the Government to ensure that its communication to the public is clear and unequivocal at all times. Press releases and announcements should not leave room for doubt on what the intended message is. We cannot afford ambiguity or delayed decision making.
To this end, we commend the decision be the President to take charge of the coordination of all activities related to preventative measures and the rapid respond. We welcome the decision by government to order the closure of all learning institutions. Though this is a major disruption to the education sector, the inconvenience is dwarfed by the risk of having learners congregate in large numbers at schools daily.
We hope that government will also consider additional measures to decongest all public offices and allowing those who are able to work from home to do so.
Government must realise that behind the COVID-19 health scare, looms a bigger economic crisis that could disrupt the lives of many. Some commentators have speculated that COVID-19 will kill more businesses than humans. We need to have a robust and comprehensive plan to help businesses, families and individuals to withstand the financial aftershock of the COVID-19 nightmare.
The COVID-19 linked staff layoffs have started in Nigeria and workers face a bleak future should government not hastily announce its plan to save jobs. Our expectation is that at the earliest .
We trust that as always; Nigeria will join hands in prayer for the Almighty Allah (GOD) to show his greatness and mercy for the human race.
May Almighty Allah (GOD) continue to bless our nation as it stands ready and united to defeat CORONA.
Sign By: Barr. Dr. Aliyu Wakili Boya
Sarki Matasa Adamawa,